Sitting down with Trevor Noah on the Daily Show, and with an interview with Vogue Magazine, Sean Penn dives into the thought process of his new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. In this work that both sources call strange and unconventional, Penn relates the story as a dark metaphor on the current state of world affairs. Penn tells Noah that the book talks of the “dark nature of humans” in which they can easily slide from democracy to fascism. And in Vogue he mentions that the book in many ways runs in a parallel universe to the feminist movement. The book tells the story of Bob Honey, a dissatisfied American, who goes on mallet wielding murder rampages, killing senior citizens that he feels stand in the way of progress.
The book follows an interesting, almost absurd structure. The reader witnesses Bob as he sees the U.S. election in 2016, and hears of the Police killings in Dallas. Bob also writes an angry letter to the president of the United States, “Mr. Landlord”, in which he questions the president’s ability to lead the nation. Penn tells Noah that the main theme of this book is to discuss how many Americans are compelled to serve their nation, though they may have no cause or direction. This can explain Bob’s anger with the world, and why he goes on these killing sprees. Bob seems to symbolize the growing anger and disconnect in American culture.
Other than discussing the book, Penn mentions in the interviews, his anger towards America, in which could be reflected through Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Penn discusses his anger towards Trump’s comments on Haiti and other countries. He also tells of his unlikely friendship with Hugo Chavez, and how he does not believe that democracy is always the best option for other countries. Penn even brings up his opposition to the war on drugs in Latin America, and why his interview with El Chapo was important to him. Penn wraps up his interviews, discussing how his book is different from his movies, but serves his message.